Chronicle May 2019 Edition
Wade Coye Attorney
The Future Is Now
So Why Work With Someone Stuck in the Past?
How many times have you heard somebody say that if you don’t know how to use a piece of tech or new app, you should ask your teenager for advice? While this makes sense in theory, it’s also a terrible idea. Teenagers may know how to use new products and services, but only in a limited way. Instead, you should ask somebody who approaches these innovations with creativity and critical thinking to teach you the ways. A kid may tell you one way to use an app, but an inquisitive mind can tell you all of the ways. Technology only continues to march forward, and it marches faster all the time. You definitely don’t want to hire an attorney who needs to ask their teenager how to use a smartphone. I bring this up not to reference a specific gadget, but rather to talk about how important it is to have a forward-thinking mindset in all aspects of your life. I can’t tell you how many attorneys still operate the same way they did a decade ago. That’s pretty crazy, right? Much of modern life has changed drastically, and doing things the old-school way is a recipe for inefficiency and lackluster results. The importance of trying to innovate is essential now more than ever because insurance companies are rapidly investing in any type of technology available. They have reams of data they analyze to pay out claims for as little as possible. It’s important to understand that these analytics, along with the rest of the resources the companies have at their disposal, can put regular folks at a significant disadvantage. Leveling the playing field requires working with an attorney who has the same future-facing approach as the insurance companies.
Recently, I attended an Amazon Web Services Conference in Paris. At the conference, Amazon demonstrated the system they’ve created with Berkshire Hathaway to analyze medical records. Is it perfect? Not yet. Is it amazing? You bet. With radical changes on the horizon, it’s crucial to be informed. I do this in part because I’ve always been interested in tech, but I also do it to benefit my clients. Over the years, I’ve found that my interest in the future of legal work has greatly helped me in the present. There is no way for an attorney to have the resources of a billion-dollar insurance company, but being willing to innovate makes a huge difference regardless. At its core, the legal profession is a problem-solving industry. It requires assessing the nature of somebody’s case, seeking out avenues for compensation, and fighting tirelessly until your client gets what they deserve. To do that, especially in today’s hypertechnological age, you have to be willing to use every tool at your disposal. There are a few industries where you’d rather work with somebody stuck in the past, like vintage car restoration or antique book sales. These, though, are niche concerns. Technology only continues to march forward, and it marches faster all the time. You definitely don’t want to hire an attorney who needs to ask their teenager how to use a smartphone. Instead, you deserve to work with somebody who has their finger on the pulse of the present and future of the law.
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